COVID-19 Information Center
Last Updated: 3/4/22
The latest information regarding Northwest Florida State College operations relating to COVID-19 are available on this page. Campus Safety & Security will update this page as appropriate.
Open and Ready to Serve You
Northwest Florida State College is open and operating on its regular schedule: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The NWFSC Wellness/Fitness Center is open to students and employees with a valid NWFSC ID: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Northwest Florida State College has been attuned to the impact of COVID-19 on the health and well-being of our students, faculty staff, and the entire College community. Considering the ongoing evolution of federal and state standards, all faculty, staff, students, and visitors are encouraged to show care for themselves and others by staying home when they are sick and always maintaining high standards of hygiene. Regarding COVID-19, the College likewise encourages that you follow the CDC recommendation of being vaccinated against COVID-19 and wearing a mask if appropriate; whether you are vaccinated or wear a mask is your personal choice. The College will continue to actively monitor the situation.
Students, Faculty, Staff: When to Isolate and/or Test and Refrain from Coming to Campus Locations
The following guidelines are subject to change. Considering the ongoing evolution of federal and state standards, the College strives to comply with the most up to date instructions provided by relevant health authorities.
If you are sick with any kind of illness and believe that you may be contagious, it shows most care for your own health and the health of your College community members to refrain from bringing sickness to campus. Regarding COVID-19, the College does not independently create or control COVID-19 quarantine or isolation guidelines. The below guidelines are drawn from standards set by relevant authorities, such as the State of Florida, Florida Department of Education, Florida Department of Health, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These guidelines may be updated over time by those authorities.
If you have been exposed* to COVID-19, but you do not have symptoms and have not tested positive for COVID-19, you do not need to quarantine. Exposure, per the CDC, means close contact of 6 feet or less for 15 minutes or more.
If you are personally experiencing symptoms or personally test positive for COVID-19, refrain from coming to campus. Return to campus 5 days after the first onset of symptoms or a positive test and after 24 hours without a fever.
As soon as possible after one of the following:
- an employee tests positive; or
- a faculty/staff member learns of a student testing positive
that employee should submit a COVID-19 incident report through Raidernet under the Forms tab. Only a limited set of authorized staff members have access to view the incident reports, protecting personal information.
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Other Frequently Asked Questions
Find frequently asked questions below in two categories: Students & the Public and Faculty & Staff.
Students and The Public
Am I eligible for Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds? (Updated 08/06/2021)
If I have more questions, whom should I contact?
Please call (850) 502-2895 to speak with a Student Success Navigator during normal business hours.
Faculty And Staff
May employees work remotely?
The College generally expects employees to report to work at their assigned campus or center location. Due to the evolving guidance regarding COVID-19, the College offers the ability to work remotely in certain circumstances.
If an employee is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or has a positive COVID-19 test result, is physically able to perform their duties, and works in a position that the College determines can be performed remotely, the employee may submit a Telecommuting Request Form. All telecommuting requests are subject to College approval. For more details, visit the RaiderNet Employee tab for the Telecommuting Procedures and Agreement.
An employee may be eligible to work remotely due to a Family Medical Leave Act or American with Disabilities Act qualifying reason. In that case, the employee should contact Human Resources for next steps.
If an employee does not meet the foregoing criteria, the College’s standard leave of absence practices apply. Human Resources is available to answer questions related to leave of absence.
I currently have an NWFSC-sponsored Florida Blue medical plan. Will my plan cover medical expenses associated with COVID-19 treatment?
Yes, NWFSC-sponsored Florida Blue medical plans will cover medical expenses associated with treatment for COVID-19/Coronavirus.
What assistance is available to help me cope with the emotional impact of a COVID-19 outbreak?
Please contact Human Resources at (850) 729-5337. Human Resources will connect you with our Employee Assistance Program resources.
If I have questions not addressed here, whom do I contact?
Questions should be first directed to your supervisor. Campus Safety and Security concerns may be directed to Chief Aaron Murray at (850) 729-5260 or by emailing email@example.com. Human Resources questions may be answered by calling (850) 729-5365 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.